Bengaluru, March 3: Citing minority representation as the reason for his suppression, a judge of the Karnataka high court has declined to take up the post of chief justice of the Madras high court. Justice H G Ramesh expressed displeasure that Justice S Abdul Nazeer had superseded him despite being junior and was elevated to the Supreme Court of India.
In a letter to the Chief Justice of India, he said that the Constitution of India does not provide for reservation on the basis of religion, caste in the matter of appointment of judges to the high courts and Supreme Court. "This was done on the ground of giving representation to a minority in the Supreme Court by recommending a judge who is junior to me," Justice Ramesh wrote.
Justice Ramesh who was elevated as chief justice of the Madras high court however declined to accept the same. "I request lordships to deny me the honour of becoming the chief justice of the Madras high court," he said. The SC collegium recommended the name of Justice Indira Banerjee to take over as CJ of the Madras HC.